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SMA Sunny Home Manager Maximises Self Consumption for Solar PV Owners

Exporting the unused energy produced on domestic Solar PV systems is a bad idea. The current rate in our area is only around £0.03 per kWh and some countries are removing export tariffs completely, It’s much better then to use every ounce of your home made energy yourself and well known German manufacturer SMA has a […]

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Efergy Engage Hub Monitors Home Energy Consumption & PV Solar Generation Online

We all know the story, you need to be able to measure something before you can set about implementing changes. It’s no different for your home’s power consumption, so lets get measuring and saving. There are plenty of home energy monitors around but the engage hub kit from UK based Efergy is a little different. Instead of a […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Energenie 30 Minute Run Down Timer Plug

Over complicating stuff can be something of a habit with some home automators but sometimes the KISS principal is best observed. Here’s a gadget that should be a cheaper and more reliable way of automatically turning off those devices we always worry about leaving on… The Rundown Timer is perfect for those of us who leave the […]

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Video: First Tesla Powerwall System Installation on TV

This Ozzy TV Show claims to have the first televised Tesla Powerwall installation. Walt & Dani from Channel 10’s Healthy Homes recently paid a visit while we were installing a Tesla Powerwall home battery system. Get more from your solar power system. There are a lots of interesting DIY projects to build a home Powerwall around. If I was building the Automated […]

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Opinion: Is the Tesla Model 3 the Tipping Point for the EV

Last year Tesla announced the Powerwall, a smart home battery mainly aimed at storing the energy from your renewables to use when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Better know for their cars though, Tesla’s electric vehicle master plan has always been a three pronged attack. First, the low volume, high priced Roadster. […]

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BMW i & Loxone Team Up for Solar Powered Smart Home Charging

I went on a day trip to the Geneva Motor Show last weekend. There was some fab metal on display (here are some photos of my favs). Unsurprisingly there were many new electric vehicles at the show. Plenty I’d never heard of too like the Quantino (the yellow car in photo 13). In an announcement of interest to electric […]

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Loxone Integrates Your Electric Car With Your Home Automation System

  From today Loxone are offering the KEBA KeContact P20 electric car charger. The wall box can be integrated with the Loxone system (including a PV system) to offer an intelligent e-car charging solution. The Miniserver is able to collect all the data about charging necessary to qualify for the government’s homecharge grant (up to £700) and […]

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Tesla Launch Powerwall Home Battery [Updated with Video]

Elon Musk, what a guy, you gotta love him for this alone. The modern day tech hero has confirmed Tesla’s worst kept secret of recent times – the launch of a new battery for your home. The Tesla Powerwall home battery is designed to do several things. Firstly it operates like one giant UPS, guaranteeing power for your […]

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Competition: Win the Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket

The Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket can remotely control appliances from your smartphone whilst monitoring and logging the energy they use. Here’s your chance to win one of the £40 units… Ego uses a cloud in order to store your data and controls your home through a router and ego smart sockets. You can easily tap into the data […]

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Exclusive: The ‘Flow Energy’ Boiler That Heats & Makes Electricity Too

When the guys from Flow Energy got in touch we were intrigued by their patented MicroCHP (combined heat and power) central heating boiler that makes electricity while heating your home. We asked Flow’s CEO, Tony Stiff, to tell us a bit more about the technology and where he sees smart home micro generation heading in the next […]

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